When is Apple/Android smartphone integration coming to Mazda?
At the beginning of last month, we shared an article with you about what the future could hold, in terms of technology, for Mazda owners. Some scattered reports were collected from some of our favorite and most reliable sources on the internet. Today, it looks like the original reports covering that news were right on the money. So, when is Apple/Android smartphone integration coming to Mazda? According to Mazda North American Operations, owners of the certain 2018 models will be able to have the capability added to their existing equipment in September. The automaker will begin shipping models that are already compatible with Apple CarPlay™- and Android Auto™-compatibility starting in November.
What vehicles will get this new feature?
Everything has to start somewhere. The Mazda effort to combine the features and functions of Apple- and Android-based smartphones into the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system is beginning with the 2018 Mazda6. If you have already purchased or leased a 2018 Mazda6 sedan in Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve or Signature trims, you will be able to bring it to an authorized service center (like Gorman McCracken Mazda) and have the requisite software upgrade installed for free.
Obviously, 2018 Mazda6 owners will be able to get more from their smartphones while they’re driving. Also, the automaker has also ensured that integrating these features into the sedan’s overarching design philosophy. Like the available heads-up display, MAZDA CONNECT™ with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ will help in providing drivers with more information without being dangerously distracting.
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How long does it take to install the MAZDA CONNECT™ update?
You will likely need to set aside a little bit of time to be without your vehicle if you decide to bring it in to have the software installed. The press release from Mazda said that it will take about two hours to complete the process. If you’re curious why it takes so long, it’s because this isn’t a case where a technician will be simply updating software. In addition to getting Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ added to the mix, owners will also be getting a new version of the MAZDA CONNECT™ software as well as an improved USB port that will be able to charge devices faster.
If you have any questions about scheduling an appointment to have smartphone applications integrated into your 2018 Mazda6, give Gorman McCracken Mazda a call today.